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Title Montrose Voice, No. 325-B, January 16, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date January 16, 1987
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 10 MONTROSE VOICE/ JANUARY 16. 1987 Mayor Will Not Make Deal with 'Democratic Awareness'Committee By Sheri Cohen Darbonne Montmse Voice Mayor Kathy Whitmire has voiced her opposition to an agreement between the host committee for the Democratic National Convention and the "Committee for Democratic Awareness," and a mayoral aide said the flap could hurt Houston's bid to be the convention site. Meanwhile, representatives ofthe ad hoc committee, which has attempted to convince the host committee to address the issue of anti-gay bias by the Houston Chamber of Commerce, were to hold a closed-door meeting Thursday night, Jan. 15, to discuss their next move. The seven members currently serving on the committee are Gene Harrington, Ray Hill, I_ou Vanech. Jack Valinski, Sam Cannon, Joe Wilson and Sue Lovell. Insisting that adoption of any ofthe group's stated goals implied a contractual agreement with a special interest group in return for support of the bid, Whitmire announced Wednesday night that she opposed allowing any group to use the convention effort as a means of gaining a concession. Mayoral aide Paul Mabry said Thursday that the mayor's objections had nothing to do with prejudice against gays or any other minority. "She objected in general with the host committee's making an agreement with any group on issues not directly related to the convention," he said. If gays are allowed to demand specific goals in return for supporting the convention, other groups could do the same, resulting in "total chaos," Mahry claimed. But Harrington, one ofthe awareness committee organizers, insisted the host committee has already engaged in "negotiations" with a special interest group. "If i Mayor Whitmire) can call what we're doing blackmail, what about when the AFL-CIO threatened to throw up a picket line at the convention center? Isn't that blackmail?" Harrington said. Harrington said he had been told by Clintine Cashion, the mayor's representative on the host committee, that negotiations were in progress with union representatives. Mabry, however, said to his knowledge no concessions were being made to organized labor. "We have asked for and received letters of support from the unions without promising anything in return," Mabry stated. "Everyone should understand the worth of this convention to the city," he said. "If gays want a platform to air their grievances, what better opportunity could they have than the convention?" The mayor's position is that the sole function of the host committee should be to win the convention bid, Mabry said. He suggested that Atlanta and New Orleans, Houston's two major competitors for the host site, could turn the negative publicity aroused by the dispute to their advantage. Harrington said members of the awareness committee are "confused" as to what the mayor's objections are to its goals, which assistant host committee chair Russel Rau earlier agreed to help implement. According to the agreement, the host committee would adopt a statement of Democratic Party philosophy assuring hospitable treatment of all attending the convention, including lesbians and gay men; allow gays meaningful participation on the host committee; and assist in setting up a lineof communication between gays and the business community. On Sunday, Jan. 11, Cashion met with representatives of several gay organizations to explain her position on the agreement. At the time, she said the goals were reasonable and that two of them were already an inherent part of Democratic Party philosophy towards minorities. Cashion said a lineof communication between gays and the business establishment should be pursued independently by gay leaders since it did not relate to the convention. Harrington said he indicated in a letter to Rau that a separate dialogue on that particular issue was acceptable to the awareness committee. Annise Parker, president of the Houston Gay Political Caucus, said the mayor overreacted to an issue that had already played itself down and that she felt the resulting publicity could hurt the gay community. A story that appeared in the Houston Post Thursday "makes it appear that the entire gay community is involved, and that is not the case," Parker said. The Committee for Democratic Awareness is not directly aligned with any other gay organization in Houston, although members have approached organizations for support, Parker added. HGPC declined to adopt the goals of the group at its meeting Jan. 7 because members felt the convention issue should not be used as a vehicle to address the bias problem, she said. "Our basic reasoning was that these issues should be addressed directly ... the convention should not be held hostage," Parker said. Publicity regarding the convention controversy "gives more ammunition to the homophobes," Parker commented. However, she pointed out, the Awareness Committee had already dropped its more radical goals and had been working on genera! principles to achieve improved relations between gays and the business community. "We didn't make an issue of this, the mayor did," Parker said. The Committee for Democratic Awareness first organized in November 1986, spearheaded by Harrington and attorney Tom Coleman, who has since moved to California. In its early days the group stated a general goal of educating the Democratic Site Selection ^3ln 3Hemortam JEFFERY DEAN HARPOLE October 7, 1961-January 9, 1987 Jeffery left this life Friday, Jan. 9. 1987. Jeffery touched the hearts of many while bartending at The Exile and Midnite Sun Survivors include mother, Priscillia; sisters, Candy and Tami; two nephews; and numerous friends too many to mention. Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 14. at Heights Funeral Home with special thanks to the community, The Zoo. and Heights for fulfilling Jeff's last wishes. Always loved, never to be forgotten. Go into the light baby, go to the light. Love, Mom, Tami, Candy, Gary and B.J. Committee of a history of anti-gay discrimination in Houston. It also listed specific objectives, including requiring the Houston Chamber of Commerce to go on record with a non-discriminatory policy and to commit to raising $500,000 for AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. In December, after negotiations with Rau, the committee adopted a more moderate stance, eschewing political and monetary demands in favor ofthe three general "goals" of dialogue, cooperation and hospitality. Neither Cashion nor Rau could be reached for comment Thursday. Dr. A. Alam, M.D. Family Practice & Minor Emergencies 2006 W. Alabama at S. Shepherd Office Hours: 9am-5pm Sat. by Appointment Only 524-1162 Medicare & Medicaid Accepted Spanish Flower Mexican Restaurant 4701 N. Main 869-1706 Feliz Ano Nuevo A Taste of Mexico 24 Hours Daily Luncheon Special 11am- 2pm Spanish Flower Dinner: Beef Enchilada. Chicken Tostada, Chile con Queso, Rice. Beans, reg 5 75 Special $3.75 Chicken Fajitas for 2 $8 95 Good Any Time Wilh this Ad Expires end of the month Closed Tuesday 10:00pm. Reopen Wednesday 10:00am
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